March 28, 2010
The UCLA men's track and field team put on quite a show on Sunday afternoon at the Cal/Nevada Championships as they dominated the competition to win their fifth consecutive team title. The Bruins won the scored meet with 175 points, outdistancing second-place finisher Long Beach State by nearly 90 points.
The meet was filled with incredible performances, but none more impressive then Marlon Patterson's 1500m race. The senior had a huge day as he ran the fastest time by an American man in 2010. His time of 3:42.13 won by nearly nine seconds and was a lifetime-best performance (old best 3:46.86) as well as a new meet record (previous record, 3:43.24, Richie Boulet of Fresno State, 1994). What's even more impressive is the fact that Patterson ran such a fast time all by himself. He had such a huge lead that no other athlete could keep up with him. It also moves him into the UCLA all-time top-10 at the No. 9 spot.
UCLA swept the top four spots in the pole vault behind Casey DiCesare's winning vault of 17-00.75. Johnny Quinn was second (16-6.75), followed by Brennan Turner (16-6.75, equals lifetime-best) and Eric White (16-00.75, lifetime-best).
Randall Carroll led a 1-2 finish in the 200m with his winning time of 21.41 (season-best), followed by Maxwell Dyce in second (21.46). Carroll was also second in the 100m with a season-best run of 10.58.
Carroll then anchored the 4x100m relay to a blistering opening season time of 40.09. Jamal Alston led off, followed by Karlton Rolle, Stan Griffin and then Carroll as the foursome captured the relay title. That time ranks amongst the top 10 in the NCAA this season.
Cory Primm was just .03 seconds shy of his lifetime-best in the 800m as he placed second with a mark of 1:47.78. That time ranks second in the NCAA this season. Steven Norton was sixth in the 800m as he ran a lifetime-best 1:51.93.
Steven Taylor picked up points in the triple jump as he finished second with a season-best mark of 48-4.
In the shot put, all three of UCLA's competitors picked up points for the Bruins. Bo Taylor placed second with a season-best mark of 57-0. Nigel Davies was fifth (54-3.75, season-best) and Mark Weber was sixth (53-11). In the discus, Taylor finished third with a toss of 170-5, while Thomas Nagengast was fifth (164-9, season-best).
The one low note of the meet came in the 4x400m relay. The Bruins were leading heading into the third exchange, but Jason Ward pulled up with a hamstring injury and the Bruins could not finish the race.
This is the second team title head coach Mike Maynard has won in his first season at the helm of the men's program. The Bruins won the MPSF crown during the indoor season. Maynard was named the Cal/NV Men's Coach of the Meet after leading the Bruins to an impressive team victory (his second Coach of the Year honor).
The Bruins will continue the outdoor season next week at the Texas Relays in Austin, before returning home April 8-10 to host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational.